Bahadrabad development block of Haridwar district would soon have access to higher education with the foundation stone being laid for a degree college. Nine villages under Laldhang panchayat with over 75,000 population would get a model degree college at Rasulpur Meethiberi village. This non-descript rural area on the other side of the river Rawasan near Roorkee which was once dreaded for day-light robberies, would buzz with the students and the teachers in near future. The students of the schools located nearby looked elated after they viewed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi hitting the button through video conferencing during the foundation stone laying of the college on Sunday.
To be built at a cost of Rs 12 crore on a land spread over 4.05 hectares, the proposed degree college would be a double- storey residential facility for the students. Nine villages — Laldhang, Gaziwali, Shyampur, Sajanpur, Rasulpur Meethiberi, Gandikhata, Peeli and Padav — had no degree college till date. The villagers have reason to be happy as the area remained devoid of a degree college over the years since independence.
Most of the students used to discontinue studies after intermediate and a few, determined to carry on education, had to go a long way to Saharanpur, Bijnor, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar to get degrees from the colleges located there. “Now, the dark days would be behind us. The youngsters of the area would obtain their degrees here. We are all very happy as higher education would no longer be out of bounds for our children,” said an elderly villager from Laldhang.
It is learnt that the proposed college would have two storeys. While the examination hall, classrooms, laboratory, physical education room, stores and toilet block would be on the first floor the second floor would have some other classrooms, library, toilet block and stores. The hostel would have nine rooms on the ground floor while the kitchen, warden room, toilet block and dining room aside from 11 other rooms would be on the first floor. Besides, the first floor would have utilities and veranda, sources said.
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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